I ventured out west to the Saatchi Gallery the other week and discovered their contemporary art shop. The way they define contemporary art also includes product design. The work of Korean designer Seongyong Lee caught my eye. Lee’s Plytube collection uses laminates and veneers inspired by cardboard tubing to create incredibly light but strong furniture.
I also liked Lee’s ‘rules of design’ which seemed to channel Dieter Rams for the art community:
- I like things that look simple but have thorough consideration behind
- I like things that are good to look at and can be used intuitively
- I respect the power of hand craft
- I respect the wisdom of mass-production
Lee has the talent to be the next Charles and Ray Eames if the politics of art versus design could be left aside for Lee to work with someone like Vitra or Herman Miller. I managed to break my DSLR earlier in the day so had to make do with taking these pictures on an iPhone.